Meet the Governors

The Governing Body composition


The Governing Body currently comprises four Foundation Governors appointed by the Bishop of Plymouth Diocese, two Parents Governors, a Community Governor, the Head Teacher and the Deputy Head.  Parent Governors are elected every four years or on the resignation of a Parent Governor (whichever is earlier). All parents of the school are eligible to be a Parent Governor and will be invited to nominate themselves for such a role should a vacancy arise.


The Role of the Governors


The School Governors at St. Catherine’s are parents, staff and foundation (Church) representatives who have put themselves forward to take a more active role and involvement in the general well-being of our school and our pupils and staff.

The Governors are responsible for the effective running of the school, both financially and educationally.

Our valued Governors provide expertise, a critical friendship and a great deal of support to the school leaders and to the wider community that the school serves.

However their chief concern is to ensure that the pupils of St Catherine’s have the very best learning opportunities. They also support the leadership in ensuring that the school complies with initiatives and legislation such as the Freedom of Information Act and the safeguarding of children.


The minutes of each meeting are available for inspection in the school office.


Our Governors here at St. Catherine’s are extremely approachable and welcome opportunities to share information about their business and to discuss school matters.


Catholic Life    Mrs Pauline Baldwin
SEND   Mrs Alex Harris
Statutory Grants   Mr David Clark
Safeguarding  Mr John Sinclair
Health & Safety    Mrs Elizabeth Jakes
Foundation Governors
  • Mrs Pauline Baldwin

    Chair of Governors & Foundation Governor

    I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 1979. I have served as Chair of Governors since 1996. I was a member of the Diocesan Schools Commission for many years. I currently serve as Vice Chair to the Governors and also act as the SEN Governor. My parish is St Catherine’s Wimborne where I am a Eucharistic minister and organise the flower arranging group. I have three children, five grandchildren and one great child who all attended St Catherine’s School. Being involved with the school for so many years, I have seen it grow from strength to strength. With the improved learning over the years I have noted the increased confidence of our children both in the school and as they leave to start the next phase of their education.

    Pauline Baldwin

    Mrs Baldwin can be contacted via the school postal address or through the email address above.

    Appointed 1979, reappointed every four years.
    Appointed as Academy Foundation Governor 1st April 2014
    2017/18 Attendance 100%

  • Mr David Clark

    Foundation Governor

    I became a Foundation Governor in 2014. I am a retired Chartered Accountant and during my working life, I spent many years with a major aerospace and defence systems company. For a number of years until 2017, I was a governor of a local upper school. I am a member of St Catherine’s Catholic Church, Wimborne and I have lived in Wimborne since 1977. My four children attended St Catherine’s School, as did my grand-daughter. I shall continue to support and challenge the headteacher, in particular in the preparation of the school budget and other financial matters.
    David Clark

    Appointed as Academy Foundation Governor 1st May 2014
    2017/18 Attendance 81%

  • Mr John Sinclair

    Foundation Governor

    I was appointed as a Governor in December 2015. Although new to the Governing Body at St. Catherine’s, I was a Governor for 25 years, including Chairman for the last 6 years, at Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Primary School in Essex. Married with 5 children and 10 grandchildren, we moved to Dorset in 2010. Four of my grandchildren have attended St Catherine’s, so I have been associated with what I have seen as a warm, friendly and caring school, through them. I am an Actuary by profession and enjoyed a successful career in the City of London before taking early retirement. I am still involved in business as an independent Chairman of 3 regulated companies and have also served as a Trustee of Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society and Havens Christian Hospices (adult and children). I look forward to helping the school to encourage every child to learn, grow and flourish in a stimulating and supportive environment.

    John Sinclair
    Appointed as Academy Foundation Governor 1st December 2015
    Safeguarding Governor
    2017/18 Attendance 81%

  • Mrs Alex Harris

    Foundation Governor

    I am a Foundation Governor and began my term on the 1st September 2016. I am a member of the Peoples and Curriculum Committees, the latter of which I am chair. Up until July 2016, I was the Acting Head Teacher & Year 6 teacher at St. Catherine’s. I have taught Year 6 for 12 years. I have had a long association with St. Catherine’s and was the staff Governor for a number of years. Both my boys, who are now in their 20’s, attended St. Catherine’s and have many happy memories of their time there. I am a practicing member of St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, West Moors and a newly appointed member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society within the parish.

    Alex Harris
    Appointed as Academy Foundation Governor September 2016
    Attendance 2017/18 81%

  • Mrs Melanie Dare

    Staff Governor & Deputy Head

    I am the deputy head teacher of St. Catherine's An experienced teacher having taught all year groups from Reception to Year Seven, I am now based in Year Five. I have worked in a variety of different schools in Berkshire, Essex, Hampshire, Bournemouth and Poole. In recent years I have been a member of the Senior Management Team of a large two-form entry school where I was responsible for Key Stage 2 and Assessment.
    I am married and have two daughters, both of whom are teachers - one primary, one secondary. I attend the Annunciation Parish in Bournemouth and am a member of the church choir.
    I have previously served as a Staff Governor and know the important job they do first-hand. I represent the Staff, having buildt up a good working relationship with all members of the Governors.

    Appointed as Staff Governor 1st September 2016
    Attendance 2017/18 81%

  • Mrs Sarah Sparks


    As the Headteacher of such a fabulous school, it is both my honour and privilege to serve on the Governing Body. I was appointed as the Head teacher of St Catherine’s in September 2016. I have taught for over 20 years in a variety of Catholic schools in the local area, including here at St Catherine's from 1998 - 2002.

    Appointed as Staff Governor 1st September 2016
    Attendance 2017/18: 91%

  • Mrs Elizabeth Jakes

    Parent Governor

  • Mrs Lisa Priest

    Parent Governor

  • Mrs Carolyn Stewart

    Clerk (Retired)

    I was appointed to the role of Clerk to Governors in September 2018. I have a long association with the school as my two daughters attended here and after they moved onto St. Peter’s Catholic Comprehensive School, I was lucky enough to be appointed PA to the Headteacher, a role I fulfilled for nearly 30 years. I retired from this role in December 2017. Both my grandchildren attended this school. I am a practicing Catholic and attend St. Catherine's Church in Wimborne.

  • Mrs Carol Box

    Clerk to the Governors (retired)

    Parent Governor - December 2010 - January 2015
    Foundation Governor - January - November 2015
    Clerk to the Governors - appointed November 2015 Resigned July 2018
    Attendance 2017/18 81%
    I joined the Governing Body at St Catherine's School in December 2010 as a Parent Governor position became vacant and I had 2 children in Key Stage 1 at that time. Prior to my children starting school I enjoyed a rewarding 20 year career at JPMorgan in Bournemouth. I made the decision to leave a busy managerial position so that I could settle my children into school life. After serving a 4 year term I was appointed as a Foundation Governor through St Anthony's Church in West Moors. I am now the Clerk to the Governors. I have served on the Curriculum Committee throughout my time as a governor with periods as the Safeguarding Governor, on the Marketing Committee and working on school policies. My children had a great start to their education at St Catherine's school. I am pleased that I am able to continue to work with a governing body and staff that are dedicated to the future successes of the children throughout the school.
    Carol Box

  • Mr Rupert Pepper

    Parent Governor (retired)

    I was appointed as Parent Governor in December 2017 Resigned July 2018
    Attendance 2017/18 43%

    My son is in Year 1 and my daughter is in Kindergarten. We live in Merley, and I am a parishioner at St Catherine’s.
    Work wise, I am a departmental manager for an IT sales and marketing agency, based in Bournemouth. I am also very keen on sports and was an athletics and running coach with Poole Runners for many years, until children came along and took over my life!!!

    I look forward to contributing to the life of the school and enhancing the academic and social development of all the children.

  • Mr Paul Gosling

    Parent Governor (retired)

    I was appointed as Parent Governor in 2016, having been involved in school life at St Catherine’s for nearly 10 years.
    My eldest child has now left St Catherine’s to attend St Peters and my daughter is still a pupil at the school. During their time here I have witnessed the positive impact the school has on the children who attend it and I am keen to ensure that this continues in my role as Governor.
    Professionally, I am an experienced Company Director and have recently set up a specialist recruitment company focusing on the Environment and Sustainability sector.
    Away from work, I am an avid follower of all sports, particularly rugby and am a Lead Coach in Wimborne RFC’s Youth section.
    We have a school to be proud of and I am looking forward to being part of its future.
    Resigned July 2018
    Attendance 2017/18 100%

  • Mr Simon Pope

    Foundation Governor (retired)

    I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2006 and I am Chair of the Premises Committee and it is not unusual for me to bring a screwdriver or plunger to a meeting! I also serve on the Staffing, Performance Management and Marketing Committees. I have also served as Trustee of St Catherine's Kindergarten.

    In 1998 I joined the Parents Association and Parent Council. I served as Chair of the PA from 2003 - 2006 and continue to support both groups today.

    I am married with two sons. We live in Ferndown and attend the Church of St Anthony of Padua in West Moors. As a former pupil of St Catherine's in 1976, it was a natural choice for me to send my own children to "my old school". My two sons attended the school between 1996 and 2007. We quickly realised the ethos at St Catherine's was like an extension to our own family , but never more so than when our youngest son was diagnosed with Aspergers and Tourettes in 2004. The support offered to my family by all the Staff was fantastic: The tuition and care afforded at Primary school meant our son could progress to Secondary School and subsequent further education without the requirement of additional support and medication. He continues to flourish! It is this ethos and family spirit I aim to support and promote throughout the whole School Community.

    Away from School, I manage a Bournemouth based Cleaning and Janitorial Supply Company. This is our Family business, established by my Parents in 1984. My hobbies include amateur dramatics, motorsport and I have recently starting running. I volunteer to help with parkrun and junior parkrun at Moors Valley Country Park and also with Bournemouth Tourism as a Festival Maker and Bournemouth Ambassador.

    Appointed January 2007, Reappointed February 2011
    Appointed as Academy Foundation Governor 1st April 2014
    Elected as Chair September 2016, stepped down as chair September 2017
    2017/18 Attendance 71%

    Resigned March 2018